Meet the volunteers that make up our VRC Jokers Executive Committee.
Originally from England, I've been in Vancouver since 2009, and I joined the Jokers almost immediately after arriving. I’m a player, coach, and umpire. I’ve been on the Exec for most of my time at the club and my previous roles were Men’s Captain and Secretary.
I have been a Joker for six years and am currently the Women's Captain. Originally from Sydney Australia. I'm sometimes inappropriately competitive. I often wear my uniform for 24 hours after a big win. I love a big smash off a short corner. I still can’t tackle. I love beers after the game, sunny summer evenings at the club, and training drills that involve hitting the ball really hard. PM me for more info about Women’s League this season!
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I'm beginning my fifth year as a Joker. I enjoy the wide mix of nationalities in the club, and my favourite thing about the Jokers is having a beer on the sideline after a well earned victory.
I moved to Vancouver from Ireland in 2018, and this is my second season with the Jokers. Outside of hockey I love socialising (including too much wine at the rowing club!), travelling and exploring BC, skiing in the winter, and hiking in the summer.
My name is Sophie Pilkington and I am the Membership Secretary on the Jokers Exec. I was a hanger-on around the sidelines and a wise woman said to me, “Soph, why don’t you just have a go, you know it doesn’t matter”. So that’s what I did and then all these years later, here I am with more orange in my closet that a Halloween fetishist. I joined awesome 5's, volunteered as their Team Rep, and found my home with a bunch of like-minded crazy ladies who know how to have Serious Fun!
Originally a Pom, but spent the last decade + in NZ. I started playing hockey again in 2014 after I spotted the Field Hockey sign at the Clubhouse, on a bike ride around the sea wall. I'd played at school but not since, however the Jokers made me so welcome I stuck with it and have never looked back. Last year I switched from an outfield player to playing in net, which is the second best hockey decision I've made after joining this club! Other than hockey, I love socialising, G&Ts, and any sport that sees you hurtling downhill at speed.
My name is Lesley Hamilton. Outside of my day job playing with spreadsheets, I am an avid runner who coaches new runners on weekends. I enjoy good food and travelling the world. When not found in Vancouver, I can usually be located somewhere in Ireland. Good beer and wine pair well with myself and a charcuterie platter. Fun fact: I own a sausage gun and I know how to use it. Tread carefully when asking about that budget, kids...”
I started with the Jokers in 2015, and have played forward for the 5’s, 4’s and 3’s. I grew up in BC and have been playing field hockey pretty much my entire life. In the ‘off season’, you can usually find me at the club, at the beach, or on the field!
I've been a Joker since moving to Vancouver from Ireland in 2014 where I instantly found a home-away-from-home and some of the greatest people I've ever met. Having never played field hockey before becoming a Joker, I’ve now played almost every position except goalie for the 5’s and 4’s, including assistant coach during a brief recovery season. Off the turf you'll likely find me at the club or hanging out with my friends' dogs!
I have been a Joker since 1989. I believe everyone and their opinions are important, doubly so if they think it’s time for a beer!
I've been a Joker since the 90's, and my father played for the Jokers long before that. I enjoy being part of a club made up of true ambassadors of the game and love the fun we have on and off the field. I look forward to more games, tours, drinks and laughs.
I'm the poster boy for the VRC Jokers! I play field hockey... sometimes. I'm on the exec... sometimes. Ladies, I like short walks on a long beach, fireball and dancing the Macarena with Ambrose. I can usually be found at the club with at least one packet of Miss Vickie's Original in hand... to share, of course!
As a Joker born and raised in Vancouver - a rarity amongst the club in a sea full of expats - I’ve found the biggest challenge to be trying to understand the accents of my teammates (especially when they’re a few beers deep), and relating to their obscure football (soccer) references! I’ve been involved with field hockey—as a player and a coach—for over 15 years, and am currently chasing the elusive first place division finish with the A's.
A joker since 2017, playing my first game 5 days after arriving ‘off the boat’ from Scotland. Outside of hockey, you will most likely find me either on the rowing club deck, cider in hand, up in the mountains hiking or attempting to ski.